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Save the Rich!
Jesus, and George W. Bush, would not have it any other way.
Isn’t it peculiar, to say the least, to see McCain now preaching a (traditionally Democratic) populist message? I have to admit that, given my own dismal financial portfolio, I am moved by Obama’s soaring rhetoric that espouses an economic strategy that can be summed up succinctly in the phrase “string up those rich, thieving bastards.”
Whether or not he’d actually punish those responsible for this mess is another matter, but for the moment, his words are welcome. Remember that the trickle down theory can apply as accurately to a lynch mob as it can to economic theory.
However in the former, historically, the trickle often becomes a torrential flood. In the latter, the long hoped for trickle often evaporates before it reaches the lips of those it could help the most.
Is this some communist- or Mother Theresa-inspired tirade of mine? No, not at all.
But it is an indication of my current lack of respect for those who would come forth to govern this great nation.
I see plenty of smart people out there. Far too many smart people, in fact. But I see precious few good people holding court. And, although I may be starting to sound like Savonarola with a case of hemorrhoids, someone has to be in charge of the complaining.
John Steinbeck said it best: “Must the hunger become anger and the anger fury before anything will be done?”
Then there’s this old chestnut: “To suffer the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune, or to take arms against a sea of troubles and, by opposing, end them.”
That last one sounds more like our Founding Fathers in the Declaration of Independence calling for revolution whenever government gets too high and mighty, instead of Shakespeare’s Hamlet worrying over whatever was rotten in Denmark.